Here’s the second map in the series, this on covering the “big loop” out of Las Vegas:
This example takes in all of the Utah National Parks (Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Arches and Canyonlands) as well as the south rim of the Grand Canyon and allows for stops at other great places like Monument Valley, Page and Goblin Valley. This also includes the drive along scenic route 12 from Bryce Canyon to Torrey.
I think this trip requires a minimum of 11 nights/12 days, but two weeks or more will make for a much better trip. Here’s a framework for an itinerary to go with the map:
Leave LV and head to Zion for 2-3 nights.
One to Bryce Canyon for 1-2 nights
Take the day and enjoy scenic route 12; overnight in Torrey.
Explore Capitol Reef and Goblin Valley on the way to Moab. Or take all day in Capitol Reef and spend a second night in Torrey. Next visit Goblin Valley and perhaps hike Little Wild Horse and/or Bell slot canyons on the way to Moab.
2-4 nights in Moab (Arches, Canyonlands Island in the Sky, Dead Horse Point SP, drive route 128 and the La Sal Mountain roads, mountain biking, rafting, day trip to the Needles section of Canyonlands and Newspaper Rock….lots of options).
South to Monument Valley for a night. If you can get a room at The View, grab it!
On to Page for 2 to 4 nights. Again many options on how to fill the time (Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, raft trip, boating on Lake Powell, lake tour to Rainbow Bridge, tour the dam, Lee’s Ferry and Navajo Bridge…you get the picture).
On to the Grand Canyon south rim for at least one night…more if you plan hiking below the rim.
Back to LV.
That is just one way to schedule this trip; there are many other variations. The trip can of course be done in reverse order.
Remember to review the trip report archive for additional ideas on places to stay, things to see and do, and places to eat while you are exploring UT and AZ.